The NCGA is one of the largest regional golf associations in the country, with more than 150,000 members throughout Northern California – from San Luis Obispo to Siskiyou county – and into Nevada. The NCGA is the only golf association in the country to own two courses – Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach and Poppy Ridge in Livermore.
Since 1901, it has been the NCGA’s mission to support and promote the game of golf in Northern California. The NCGA provides official handicap indexes, conducts more than 50 championships annually, rates courses throughout Northern California, publishes NCGA Golf magazine and operates a Foundation to support deserving youth.Click to view NCGA Advertising and Media Kit
Youth on Course
Founded in 1989, Youth on Course is a non-profit IRS 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that helps deserving youth develop life skills and values through golf. Youth on Course provides access for juniors to play more than 100 courses in Northern California for just $5 through subsidized rounds. More than $0.90 of every dollar donated to go directly to deserving youth.
Poppy Hills was the first golf course to be owned and operated by a regional golf association in the country. Built in 1986 by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Poppy Hills hosted the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1991 through 2009, as well as the Callaway Invitational for four years. Poppy Hills has also hosted the 1991 NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship, and has been the tournament home for NCGA championships. It is the headquarters of the NCGA.
The NCGA became the only golf association to own and operate two courses when it opened Poppy Ridge in 1996. The Livermore Valley 27-hole facility is easily accessible to more than half of the the NCGA’s 150,000-plus members who live within a 65-mile radius. The Rees Jones design sends three nines — Merlot, Chardonnay and Zinfandel — through the rolling hills of Livermore Wine Country.
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- NCGA Foundation’s YOC program featured on KVIE (Segment begins at the 7:20 mark)
- Around Carmel Feature on the NCGA, Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge
- George Lopez talks about the Youth on Course Program
- Roger Maltbie talks about the Youth on Course Program
- NBC feature during the 2010 U.S. Open
- Poppy Hills Overview
- Poppy Ridge Overview
Newspapers, Magazines and Websites
- NCGA’s Home at Poppy Hills Now Taking Tee Time Reservations for April Re-Opening (Examiner.com, March 6, 2014)
- Poppy Hills Launches a New Foodie Era with Former Casanova Chef Johnny De Vivo (Monterey County Weekly, Feb. 14, 2014)
- Tick, Tick Tick: Time Winding Down Toward Poppy Hills Reopening (Golf.com, Jan. 10, 2014)
- Irrigation the Focus of Poppy Hills Renovation (Monterey County Herald, Aug. 28, 2014)
- Local Golf Roundup: Poppy Hills Closing for Renovation (Monterey County Herald, March 6, 2013)
- Traveling Golfer–Best Trips (Golf Magazine, Oct. 2011)
- Poppy Ridge Maintains a Jones Tradition of Excellence in NorCal (GolfCalifornia.com, Sept. 2011)
- Special Stop at Poppy–Foundation Clinics (Monterey County Herald, July 20, 2011)
- Indian Flavors at the Fore of Poppy Ridge Golf Club’s Eclectic Menu (Summer Cooking, Summer 2011)
- Youth on Course Program Offered by NCGA (San Francisco Chronicle, June 5, 2011)
- Murray to Purchase Scores from AT&T Pro-Am (Golfweek Blog, Feb. 14, 2011)
- Kids on Course for Success (Carmel Magazine, Winter 2011)
- NCGA Obtaining Permits for Poppy Hills Renovations (The Golf Wire, Nov. 17, 2010)
- NCGA Moving to Give Poppy Hills a Facelift (Monterey County Herald, Nov. 16, 2010)
- New and Improved Poppy Hills is an 18-Hole Bargain (Carmel Magazine, Summer/Fall 2010)
- Foundation Honored for Work With Underserved Youth (Monterey County Herald, April 28, 2010)
- Youth Get On Course, Heeding Calls for Players (Modesto Bee, March 25, 2009)
- 18 Holes for 2 Bucks (Golf Digest, March 2009)
- Improving Poppy Hills (Monterey County Herald, Sept. 17, 2008)
- NCGA Opens Doors for Local Youth (Monterey County Herald, July 30, 2008)